Welcome to my blog, where I will be posting updates about my amazing colleagues in music and musicology, my own thoughts about performances I've seen, and general philosophical discussion about the arts and music.
It is appropriate to start this now, here, as I get ready to teach at the Hartwick Summer Music Festival. Two weeks of great teaching, musicianship, and working with an amazing faculty can really help you focus your energies.
Plus, I just finished participating in the fresh inc. festival; an amazing two weeks where I experienced life as a 'camper' rather than teacher while surrounded by copious amounts of talent, chamber music, and contemporary music premieres galore!
I also just finished teaching the online version of my "Glee and TV Musicals" course (currently piled under the final papers as I type this). It went well and I'm always excited to hear that my students had no idea what they were in for when they signed up for a class about Glee. Who knew Nietzsche could be so relevant?
It's crazy that within a month I am professor of musicology, professor of clarinet, and clarinet student. And it is important that I keep all of these roles up. Music, especially, is a constant learning curve - new things are constantly being written - each performance could be the tiniest bit more nuanced. It also keeps my teaching in check - where to push and where to pull when it comes to students. I don't think one can be a good teacher without knowing how to be a good student, since we teach ourselves the best.
It's times like these where the many strands of my education and career weave together in new and exciting ways, where even I am not quite sure what will come of it. In the next two weeks, I get to help high school students learn and grow, and I'll be ever more energized from it.